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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 19, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A4 A 4 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015 winnipegfreepress. com H O M E D E L I V E RY C U S T O M E R S HOSPITAL Vacation Donation Program Going on holidays? • Consider donating your newspaper instead of stopping it. • Brighten a patient’s day through your generosity! • Pass your newspaper along and you could win a $ 20 Tim Hortons gift card as a thank you! Draw: To be eligible for the Tim Hortons draw, simply call or email your restart date to resume your paper and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win 1 of 5 $ 20 Tim Hortons Gift Cards! Draw will take place April 30, 2015 and winners’ names will be announced in the Winnipeg Free Press May 2, 2015. Winnipeg Free Press general contest rules apply. For more information Call: 204- 697- 7001 or 1- 800- 542- 8900 to notify us of your vacation stop and restart date, or go to winnipegfreepress. com / customer_ service/ WIN A $ 20 TIMS CARD Leandra Starkey, 20, a student in the baking and pastry- arts program at Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre, takes part in a competition during Chocolatefest at The Forks Saturday. TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Circle of ( chocolate) love OTTAWA — Canadian phone books are about to get a little less colourful. The federal government has decided to stop publishing contact information for all of its departments and agencies in the blue- pages section of telephone directories. A newly released document says it doesn’t make sense to publish what often ends up being outdated information in the phone book when most people look for phone numbers on the Internet. “ Given that the government pages publication and distribution cycle takes approximately five months, most Government of Canada information is out of date by the time it reaches Canadian households,” says a memo to Shared Services Canada president Liseanne Forand. “ Fewer than 50 per cent of departments and agencies update their information, with most preferring to communicate with Canadians through alternate channels such as the web and 1- 800- O- Canada.” The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act. The government says it can’t justify spending $ 3.1 million a year to publish the phone numbers of 115 departments and agencies in the blue pages. “ This service is very costly and is presently provided without any contracting vehicle,” the memo says. “ With the rise of the Internet, such mass print publication of government contact information has become inefficient and unnecessary.” Yellow Pages, which publishes the telephone directories, says the last phone books with full federal listings were sent out in March. Yellow Pages published the phone numbers of federal departments and agencies in the blue pages as a “ legacy service that we provide as a contractual obligation to the telephone companies to distribute their listings,” spokeswoman Fiona Story said in an email. “ We were not monetizing this in most of Canada as these were revenues associated to the telephone companies, not to Yellow Pages,” she wrote. “ The only exception would be Alberta and B. C., where the legacy agreement we took over stipulated that funds would go directly to the publisher, which was Yellow Pages.” The company made about $ 1 million from government listings in those two provinces, Story added. “ Not a material amount for us, and we have no issue with the government’s decision to centralize their inbound calls to a single number, which we will continue to publish,” she wrote. The blue- pages section won’t completely vanish. Along with the federal government’s main toll- free number, provinces and municipalities will still list their contact information in the directories. A spokesman for Shared Services Canada says the department has yet to receive any complaints about the dropped listings. — The Canadian Press REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the opening prayer at the province’s legislature will remain despite a recent Supreme Court ruling. Wall said the province’s Justice Department doesn’t believe the top court’s ruling about a prayer at council meetings in Saguenay, Que., has any effect on provincial legislatures or Parliament. The Saskatchewan prayer Wall shows in a video on his Facebook page is from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and asks for God’s favour and help. It also asks that their work glorifies God’s name and asks for everlasting life through God’s mercy. In a unanimous judgment released Thursday, the Supreme Court said the reading of a Catholic prayer at council meetings in Saguenay infringes on freedom of conscience and religion. Wall said he believes starting the day with reflection is a good thing, and he doesn’t see any indication non- Christians feel excluded by it. “ I have not had one complaint. Not one concern registered. We’re very fortunate in Saskatchewan to have seen unprecedented population growth, and we’re attracting people from all over the world,” Wall said Saturday from his home in Swift Current. “ They all have, certainly, different beliefs, and I’ve just never heard the concern. And that’s why I don’t think there’s any particular call for it to change.” Regina Mayor Michael Fougere has already announced the practice of praying before council meetings will stop. But in Oshawa, Ont., Mayor John Henry said the judgment will not change anything in his city. The New Brunswick legislature will begin with a prayer on Tuesday, Speaker Chris Collins said, but legislature staff are studying the ruling and will forward their findings to a committee. Pierre Thibault, assistant dean of the law faculty at the University of Ottawa, said the spirit of the ruling will apply to Parliament and the legislatures. But he said it cannot force them to stop their prayers. “ There is a separation between the church and the state, and the state and God,” Thibault said. “ But the legislatures and Parliament are protected by parliamentary privileges. “ The charter cannot override these privileges.” But his colleague in the faculty, Gilles LeVasseur, said parliamentary privileges aren’t absolute and he believes the Supreme Court ruling prohibits such prayers. “ You cannot discriminate against other religions,” LeVasseur said. “ When you have the word ‘ Lord,’ ‘ God,’ or whatever, you’re doing that.” Wall said the prayer has been around as long as he can remember and is general. He also noted the Constitution recognizes the supremacy of God. “ Our prayer asks for continual help. If any group of people need that help, it’s elected people, politicians of the country,” Wall said. — The Canadian Press Seeking federal numbers? Forget the blue pages By Steve Rennie ‘ With the rise of the Internet, such mass print publication of government contact information has become inefficient and unnecessary’ W ITH exactly one year until the provincial election, the Manitoba Liberals say they have cash in the bank, candidates nominated and the foundation for a new platform. The provincial party’s annual general meeting wrapped up Saturday, an event coupled with the annual gathering of the provincial wing of the federal party. Both wings are gearing up for elections — the federal one this October and the provincial election April 19, 2016. In a speech to party members Saturday, leader Rana Bokhari called the next provincial election “ perhaps the most important of our lifetime.” She cast herself as the practical, centrist alternative to the failures of the NDP over 16 years in office and Conservative Leader Brian Pallister’s “ extreme, far- right views” that belong in the 1950s. She unveiled a new, pre- campaign website — believeinabettermanitoba. ca — which includes a compendium of the party’s already announced promises. Those include exempting firsttime homebuyers from the land- transfer tax and spending $ 20 million over four years to train and recruit more psychologists in Manitoba. The Grits, traditionally the province’s struggling third- place party, have held steady at 20 per cent support since last September, according to Probe Research’s latest polling. Most of that bump has come at the expense of the NDP, and local political wisdom suggests many disgruntled centre- left voters often park their support with the Liberals between elections but migrate back to the NDP on election day. Provincial executive director Jeff Kovalik- Plouffe said that’s traditionally been true, but this time he’s buoyed by the stability of Liberal support. “ What that 20 per cent says to me is people are serious about liking the Liberals over a long period of time,” he said. The party has six provincial candidates identified — six nominated, mostly in Winnipeg ridings, one running in Tuesday’s byelection in The Pas and Bokhari herself, who said last week she intends to run in Fort Rouge. Kovalik- Plouffe said the party hopes to have 30 of 57 candidates identified by year’s end. Candidates, both federal and provincial, were undergoing candidate training over the weekend. Kovalik- Plouffe also said the party has $ 100,000 in the bank. At this time last year, the party’s account was overdrawn. In the 2011 election, the party spent about $ 250,000. In 2016, Kovalik- Plouffe hopes the central campaign will again spend roughly that amount. The difference, he hopes, will be many riding campaigns will have raised $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 and won’t need as much financial help from the central campaign. He also said Liberal fortunes federally will likely trickle down to the provincial race six months later. If federal leader Justin Trudeau does well, that could bolster Liberals in the provincial election. If not, Bokhari and her candidates could see the same gloom that gripped Liberals following the 2011 federal election. maryagnes. welch@ freepress. mb. ca Liberals gear up for 2016 By Mary Agnes Welch Unveil new website ahead of campaign BELIEVEINABETTERMANITOBA. CA The Liberals’ new website includes the party’s already announced promises. Opening prayer will stay in Saskatchewan legislature LIAM RICHARDS / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall: ‘ I have not had one complaint. Not one concern registered.’ A_ 04_ Apr- 19- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A4 4/ 18/ 15 9: 05: 33 PM

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